A crime intelligence driven operation by the police in Rustenburg and Cluster Crime Combating Task Team led to the arrest of a 52 year old suspect for fraud in the Central Business District (CBD) on Tuesday, 16 January 2018.
The suspect’s arrest came after members responded to information that the suspect was in possession of exhibits he used to con unsuspecting members of the public of their money. The suspect was successfully traced and found in possession of counterfeit notes, pamphlets and mini thatch huts.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that as part of defrauding the members of the community, the suspect pretended to be a Professor, a Pastor and a Sangoma. In some instances, he allegedly advised members of the community to resign from their respective jobs and bring their money to him to multiply it, but eventually lost the money.
The members of the community are urged to be extra careful to avoid falling victim to these scams. They are advised not to believe anyone who approaches and promises to multiply their money. It is also important that they exercise caution about articles and advertisements that promise them quick wealth and happiness.
Investigation into the matter including linking the suspect with other cases continues.
The suspect is expected to appear in the Rustenburg Magistrate’s Court on Thursday, 18 January 2017 on a charge of fraud.
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